Complete Definition of "sphincter"

English

Etymology
From late Latin sphincter, from Greek sphinkter, band, contractile muscle, from sphingein, to bind tight. Compare Sphinx, "the strangler".

Noun
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en-noun

  1. anatomy A ringlike band of muscle that surrounds a bodily opening, constricting and relaxing as required for normal physiological functioning.

Synonyms
anatomical sphincter

Derived terms
sphincteral
anal sphincter
pyloric sphincter
urethral sphincter
lower esophageal sphincter
upper esophageal sphincter

Related terms
sphinx

Translations

Czech: svěrač m
Finnish: t-|fi|sulkijalihas
Greek: t|el|σφιγκτήρας|m|sc=Grek (sfigktíras)

See also
cardia

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